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First day of summer arrives with heatwave

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As the first day of summer arrives in Western New York, very warm temperatures will be felt across the region.

Temperatures are expected to climb into the upper 80's .  The hot weather will continue into Wednesday evening, with warm, muggy conditions and lows in the lower 70's.  Much of the same is expected Thursday, with very warm and humid weather and the highs reaching into the upper 80's. 

The Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an "air quality alert" from until 11 p.m. Wednesday for most of Western New York.  

Strenuous outdoor activity is discouraged,  especially for the very young and those with respiratory conditions.

The city of Buffalo opened its cooling stations  Tuesday.  The 17 locations are scheduled to remain open through Friday. 

The facilities include:

  • Abley Senior Citizens, 24 Ludington Street , 9AM-6PM
  • Autumnwood Senior Center, 1800 Clinton Street, 9AM-8PM
  • CAO, 422 Pratt, 9AM-8pm
  • Senior Ctr. at Richmond Street and Summer, 9AM-8PM
  • Delavan-Grider Community Ctr.-877 East Delavan, 9AM-8PM
  • Edward Saunders Community Ctr.-2777 Bailey Ave., 9AM-9 PM
  • Father Belle Center, 104 Maryland Street, 9AM-9 PM
  • Friends to the Elderly, Inc. (Dorothy Collier Center) 118 East Utica, 9AM-5:30PM
  • Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street, 9AM-6:30 PM
  • North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Road, 9AM-8PM
  • Northwest Community Center, 155 Lawn Avenue, 9AM-8PM
  • Old First Ward Community Center, 62 Republic Street, 9AM-8PM
  • Schiller Park Senior Center, 2057 Genesee Street, 9AM-6PM
  • Seneca Babcock Community Center, 1168 Seneca Street, 9AM-6:30 PM
  • Valley Community Association Senior Citizens, 93 Leddy Street, 9AM-8PM
  • West Side Community Services, 161 Vermont Street, 9AM-9PM
  • William-Emslie YMCA Senior Center, 585 William Street, 9AM-8PM

The city also opened its splash pads earlier this week.

Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Jay joined Buffalo Toronto Public Media in 2008 and has been local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" ever since. In June, 2022, he was named one of the co-hosts of WBFO's "Buffalo, What's Next."

A graduate of St. Mary's of the Lake School, St. Francis High School and Buffalo State College, Jay has worked most of his professional career in Buffalo. Outside of public media, he continues in longstanding roles as the public address announcer for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League and as play-by-play voice of Canisius College basketball.